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19th Feb: New Stoke brewery tanks up on memories

19th Feb: New Stoke brewery tanks up on memories | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Ale-lovers will be able to sample beers inspired by an American classic car at at 10 pubs across Stoke-on-Trent – after a derelict brewery was brought back to life. The Brewing House will open next week at the back of The Wheatsheaf in Tunstall where an old brewery used to be based before the Second World War.

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8th Feb: JCB revs up the engines, with 350 new jobs

8th Feb: JCB revs up the engines, with 350 new jobs | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

An estimated 350 new jobs will be created after Uttoxeter's biggest employer JCB invested £41 million in a ground-breaking new engine.

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31st Jan: Stoke and North Staffs to pilot new scheme to keep older GPs working in local doctors' practices

31st Jan: Stoke and North Staffs to pilot new scheme to keep older GPs working in local doctors' practices | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

North Staffordshire has been chosen to pilot a new scheme to find ways of keeping senior GPs who are considering leaving the profession - so their skills and experience can continue to benefit patients.

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18th Jan: Stoke to be one of government's new £72m education opportunity areas

18th Jan: Stoke to be one of government's new £72m education opportunity areas | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Stoke-on-Trent will be one of seven pilot areas sharing in £72 million of new education funding. The cash will help build teaching and leadership capacity and improve access to better careers advice, ahead of Brexit.

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17th Jan: £700k investment at Ornua leads to creation of 20 new jobs

17th Jan: £700k investment at Ornua leads to creation of 20 new jobs | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

The Leek-based dairy food company Ornua Nutrition Ingredients is set to create to 20 new jobs as part of a £700,000 investment. The expansion comes after the firm landed a new contract with New Zealand yoghurt firm EasiYo.

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9th Jan: Synectics Solutions makes a success of moving to Burslem

9th Jan: Synectics Solutions makes a success of moving to Burslem | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

IT specialist Synectics Solutions has successfully relocated the firm's 330 employees to a new site in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

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31st Dec: Titanic director receives MBE in honours list

31st Dec: Titanic director receives MBE in honours list | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

A leading figure in the rebirth of the British brewing industry has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. Keith Bott, a Director of Titanic Brewery is honoured for services to the brewing industry and the economy of Staffordshire. Keith, has masterminded the growth of Stoke-on-Trent’s Titanic Brewery from a micro-brewery with a small seven-barrel plant to a business employing more than 150 people and brewing more than three million pints of beer a year.

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27th Dec: Stoke-on-Trent collects record levels of fines for fly-tipping and littering

27th Dec: Stoke-on-Trent collects record levels of fines for fly-tipping and littering | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Penalties paid out for fly-tipping and littering in Stoke-on-Trent have reached record levels. New figures show Stoke-on-Trent City Council has pocketed £31,900 in fixed-penalty littering fines since April. The council has also issued 42 fixed-penalty notices for fly-tipping since June and a further 175 cases are being considered for prosecution.

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16th Dec: Jobless figures continue to tumble in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire

THE number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Stoke-on-Trent fell last month. The latest figures, from the Office of National Statistics, show that there were 3,130 claimants recorded in November - down from 3,210 in October. In neighbouring Newcastle-under-Lyme, 910 people collected the unemployment benefit, down from 945 the previous month.

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10th Dec: Extra evening trains in railway company's new timetable

10th Dec: Extra evening trains in railway company's new timetable | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

From Sunday, Stoke-on-Trent will be served by extra London Midland trains. Extra trains will depart London Euston for Stoke at 7.46pm and 8.46pm. This will benefit those who want to skip the rush-hours and instead return from London later in the evening.

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10th Dec: 5 new shops planned in Stoke-on-Trent supermarket expansion

10th Dec: 5 new shops planned in Stoke-on-Trent supermarket expansion | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Supermarket giant Morrisons has revealed plans for a major expansion of its very popular Stoke-on-Trent store - with the creation of five new shop units. The new businesses will be created within an extension to the front of the Festival Park store.  The move comes as the Park as a whole seeks to significantly refurbish its car parks and expand its retail offer.

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30th Nov: Staffordshire grows number of apprenticeships, plans many more

30th Nov: Staffordshire grows number of apprenticeships, plans many more | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Over the past 10 years the number of people in Staffordshire starting a new apprenticeship has almost trebled, from 3,830 to 9,310 in 2015. The plan is now to increase apprenticeship starts from 11,500 to 80,000 over the next 5 years.

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17th Nov: New Look distribution centre expansion to create 200 jobs

17th Nov: New Look distribution centre expansion to create 200 jobs | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Fashion retailer New Look is set to create 200 more jobs with the expansion of its North Staffordshire distribution centre, needed due to a massive increase in online orders. The number of employees at the site will rise from 1,400 to 1,700 over the next two years.

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16th Feb: Visitors can now go 100ft underground at this Apedale mine.

16th Feb: Visitors can now go 100ft underground at this Apedale mine. | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

"The determined efforts of supporters at Apedale Heritage Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme mean enthusiasts can venture 100ft below and navigate 270 yards of tunnels."

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31st Jan: Keele gets set for £6.8m gas blending pilot

31st Jan: Keele gets set for £6.8m gas blending pilot | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Keele in North Staffordshire has been chosen for a pilot gas project that will aim to discover if the UK’s gas grid can be 'decarbonised' by injecting hydrogen into the network. The three-year, National Grid-led HyDeploy project, which has been awarded £6.8 million and will use the gas network of Keele University in Staffordshire. This new green project starts in April 2017.

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18th Jan: Stoke's dole numbers continue to improve

18th Jan: Stoke's dole numbers continue to improve | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

The number of people in Stoke-on-Trent claiming Jobseeker's Allowance is falling. Latest figures, from the Office of National Statistics, show that the city had 3,085 claimants in December – compared to 3,130 in November.

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17th Jan: £260k grants secure future of city centre church

17th Jan: £260k grants secure future of city centre church | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

All Saints Church, in Joiners Square in the Stoke-on-Trent city centre, has secured £240,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £20,000 from the National Churches Trust.

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17th Jan: Italian firm creating 100 jobs has now bought local coach company

Transport giant Tundo Vincenzo Spa has pledged to create 100 jobs in the Potteries, after securing one of the contracts to provide school transport in Stoke-on-Trent.

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5th Jan: JCB wins massive U.S. Army order

5th Jan: JCB wins massive U.S. Army order | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

North Staffordshire digger company JCB has won a $142 million deal to supply the U.S. Army with a fleet of 1,600 machines. It is the second largest value order in JCB's 71-year history.

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30th Dec: North Staffordshire villages to benefit from an extra £5.1 million expansion of the superfast Internet programme

Villages in North Staffordshire will soon get an unexpected boost from the superfast Internet installation programme. The Staffordshire Superfast Staffordshire broadband partnership has announced a £5.1 million expansion for around 6,200 households and businesses in the smallest communities, such as Rudyard, Cauldon, Alsagers Bank, Baldwin's Gate, and Heritage Park.  The upgrade work will take place during 2017 and the first half of 2018.

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17th Dec: Christmas comes early for Hanley church

17th Dec: Christmas comes early for Hanley church | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it


A Stoke-on-Trent church has received an early Christmas present – a £20,000 grant to carry out urgent repairs and replacement works. All Saints in Hanley will benefit from the grant from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church repair and support charity.
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12th Dec: Steelite creates 112 jobs as expansion project wins approval

12th Dec: Steelite creates 112 jobs as expansion project wins approval | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Stoke-on-Trent ceramics giant Steelite International is expanding again with more than 100 jobs set to be created in the latest project.

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10th Dec: Christmas comes early for 18,492 council tenants as rents are cut

10th Dec: Christmas comes early for 18,492 council tenants as rents are cut | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Thousands of council tenants are getting an early Christmas present, with the news that their rents will be falling by one per cent next year. Stoke-on-Trent City Council is proposing the reduction for its 18,492 tenants. This follows a similar decrease last year.

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2nd Dec: £500k investment in popular Leek tourist attraction

Leek and Rudyard Railway is spending £500,000 on a new engine shed to house its trains and also refurbish its tracks. The work will also include the demolition of dilapidated engine sheds at the Staffordshire Moorlands beauty spot. It is part of a transformation of the former Rudyard Lake Steam Railway over the next three years, including expanding the existing cafe and extending the tracks towards the town of Leek.

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30th Nov: £2m awarded to speed up car travel between Crewe and Stoke

30th Nov: £2m awarded to speed up car travel between Crewe and Stoke | Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire | Scoop.it

Plans to add an extra lane to a stretch of one of the region's busiest roads have moved a step closer – after the project was awarded £2 million. Cheshire East Council will receive the Government money to develop a scheme to improve the A500 and cut journey times between Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe and Nantwich.

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